Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Muffins Recipe
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Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Muffins Recipe

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“I’ve been cooking gluten-free since 2003, when my husband was diagnosed with celiac disease. Over the years, I’ve managed to perfect some recipes so that when family and friends join us, they can’t tell they’re eating gluten-free. This is one of those recipes…and excellent!” —Trish Pannell, College Station, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:16 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 muffin equals 148 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 143 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, beat the first seven ingredients until well blended. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, salt and cinnamon; gradually beat into banana mixture until blended.
  2. Coat muffin cups with cooking spray or use paper liners; fill three-fourths full with batter. Sprinkle with walnuts. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 16 muffins.
Editor's Note: Read all ingredient labels for possible gluten content prior to use. Ingredient formulas can change, and production facilities vary among brands. If you’re concerned that your brand may contain gluten, contact the company.
Originally published as Gluten-Free Banana Walnut Muffins in Healthy Cooking April/May 2011, p59

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Reviewed Oct. 4, 2015

"These muffins were very tasty, but I didn't find them moist at all. I followed the recipe with no substitutions and the muffins came out very crumbly and broke apart very easily - like all the other gf baked goods I've made. I ended up having to toast slices so they would stay together. Does substituting coconut oil for the canola oil help with the moisture?"

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2015

"I didn't have any orange juice so I used mango juice. I'm sure it couldn't have been any better. So delicious."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2015

"Everyone in my family loves these! I use coconut oil and only 1/4 cup sugar. I used organic cinnamon applesauce which is why I cut back the sugar. These are very moist and quick and easy to make."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"These are quite good but they stick to the muffin papers more than traditional muffins do. Any advice on the best way to handle this is welcome."

Reviewed May. 18, 2014

"My family is just being introduced to gluten free baking this week. Other than substituting coconut oil for the canola oil - I follow this recipe to the T. My family raved about how delicious it was. My 13 year old grandson kept sneaking muffins through out the day, he love them so much! lol That alone should be enough to convince someone how great this recipe is. My daughter who is diagnosed with Celiac disease loved the flavor and texture, and she isn't a muffin eater. Just try it - you'll like it!"

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